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About The Series

What will the new economy look like? As startups become the new way of life, Australia must become more open and less restrictive to encourage innovation. Hear entrepreneurs' firsthand accounts of their journey and learn what that has meant to the startup world.

This podcast will give you a great insight into Australia’s innovation ecosystem by tracing its history and future. If you're curious as to how it all started, who were the innovators that helped transform it, and how this ecosystem interacts with others both domestically and around the world- this is a must-listen!

This 6-part audio documentary and its accompanying 150+ interviews is a deep dive into the startup scene, both past and present and takes an exciting look at the future of Australia’s technological and economic transformation.

Join us on this exciting journey, celebrating what has been accomplished and asking hard questions about where we’re heading and whether we’re on the right track.

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Interviews

Emily Casey

Emily Casey

Emily Casey discusses the importance of visibility of the startup ecosystem Emily Casey is the founder and director of What The Health, a health media company and community that aims to fuel the next generation of health innovation in Australia. Emily initially...

Alex Scandurra

Alex Scandurra

Alex Scandurra discusses the Australian startup ecosystem's exceptional growth Alex Scandurra is the founding CEO of Stone & Chalk, a not-for-profit organisation which aims to support Australian startups, scaleups, corporations and governments at every stage of...

Yolanda Redrup

Yolanda Redrup

Yolanda Redrup discusses some of the catalysts for the huge growth the startup ecosystem has seen Yolanda Redrup is a senior journalist with The Australian Financial Review, with a focus on technology and healthcare. Yolanda first began covering Australia’s startup...

Megan Sebben

Megan Sebben

Megan Sebben believes there is still work to be done in improving access for underrepresented groups Dr Megan Sebben is the Program Manager at CSIRO’s Kick-Start Program, an initiative designed to help innovative Australian startups and small businesses develop their...

Dharmica Mistry

Dharmica Mistry

Dharmica Mistry discusses the distinction between deep tech startups and other startups Dr Dharmica Mistry is Director of Diagnostics and Industry Engagement at MTP Connect, a not-for-profit organisation focused on growing the MedTech, BioTech and pharmaceutical...

Phil Ireland

Phil Ireland

Phil Ireland discusses how he sees mission-driven companies as fitting into Australia’s startup ecosystem Phil Ireland is Co-Founder and CEO of Hone Carbon, a mission-driven business with the objective of unlocking the potential for carbon storage in Australia’s...

Wayne Gerard

Wayne Gerard

Wayne Gerard says attracting talent into the startup ecosystem is “mission critical” Wayne Gerard is co-founder of RedEye, a tech company which manages engineering information for large, complex asset owners such as councils, hospitals, power and water utilities and...

Don Wright

Don Wright

Don Wright believes the various startup ecosystems within Australia should work cooperatively Don Wright is the Director of Innovation & Entrepreneurship at Western Sydney University, as well as co-founder of Western Sydney University Launch Pad, a business and...

Trevor Folsom

Trevor Folsom

Trevor Folsom discusses the challenge of securing talent for Australian startups Trevor Folsom is Co-Founder and Chairman at Investible, an early-stage investment group that aims to connect ground-breaking companies with the capital, expertise and networks they need...

Allan O’Connor

Allan O’Connor

Allan O'Connor discusses the viability of startup careers Allan O’Connor is Co-Executive Director for the Centre for Enterprise Dynamics in Global Economies at the University of South Australia, as well as a researcher and teacher for for the undergraduate Bachelor of...

Sam Jockel

Sam Jockel

Sam Jockel shares her story and why it is so important to trust yourself Sam Jockel is the founder of ParentTV, which offers hundreds of on-demand videos and courses to support the parenting and care of children from birth to teens. Sam is also the Entrepreneur In...

Alex Carpenter

Alex Carpenter

Alex Carpenter sees Australia's startup ecosystem as radically more collaborative than corporate settings Alex Carpenter is the founder (or as he puts it, the “Initial Nudger, Steward and Groundskeeper”) of The Guild of Entrepreneurs, an independent organisation that...

James Fielding

James Fielding

James Fielding shares his belief that Australia's talent pool is world class Dr James Fielding is the Founder and Managing Director of Audeara, a hearing health technology company that produces headphones designed to deliver sound suited to an individual’s hearing...

Samantha Finnegan

Samantha Finnegan

Samantha Finnegan shares the various software tools and platforms she utilizes Samantha Finnegan is the founder of Madebox, a company which provides customers with gift boxes of curated goods from small regional producers, in particular focusing on supporting regions...

Hayden Williams

Hayden Williams

Hayden Williams discusses the future of cryptocurrency across many industries Hayden Williams is Senior Product Manager for Existing Customers at MYOB, a cloud-based business management platform fit for Enterprise, SME & startup businesses. In his conversation...

Vicki Engsall

Vicki Engsall

Vicki Engsall shares the benefits of growing your digital presence Vicki Engsall is the co-founder of The Jojoba Company, an Australian skincare company which produces a range of products which use jojoba oil, a liquid wax ester extracted from the seeds of the jojoba...

Emma Fawcett

Emma Fawcett

Emma Fawcett discusses the trap of "tech spaghetti" Emma Fawcett is General Manager, SME at MYOB, a cloud-based business management platform fit for Enterprise, SME & startup businesses. Prior to working at MYOB, Emma has worked in a variety of roles in B2B and...

Evan Thornley

Evan Thornley

Evan Thornley discusses the evolution of the startup ecosystem Evan Thornley is a serial entrepreneur with decades of experience founding and leading tech startups, including Australia’s first to be listed on the NASDAQ and reach a more than $1 billion valuation. In...

Andrew Nunn

Andrew Nunn

Andrew Nunn believes Australian states and territories should work cooperatively rather than competitively Andrew Nunn is the co-founder, Chairman and Executive Director of JBS&G, one of Australia’s largest privately owned environmental consulting companies....

Arthur Sinodinos

Arthur Sinodinos

Arthur Sinodinos discusses the positive attributes Australia could learn from the US Arthur Sinodinos is an Australian diplomat and former Liberal Party politician who has served as Ambassador to the United States since February 2020. He served as Chief of Staff to...

Lana Weal

Lana Weal

Lana Weal highlights the mental health challenges faced by founders Lana Weal is the founder of Market Mindfully, a marketing consultancy company that aims to support impact-driven startups in Australia and New Zealand to tell their stories, make more impact and...

Petr Adámek

Petr Adámek

Petr Adámek sees the benefits of greater cohesion of the national startup ecosystem Petr Adámek is the CEO of the Canberra Innovation Network (CBRIN), a not for profit with the mission of empowering entrepreneurs to create positive change. Peter, originally from the...

Ashley Baxter

Ashley Baxter

Ashley Baxter discusses how UQ Ventures was invaluable for her startup Ashley Baxter is the founder of Monty Compost Co, a clean-tech startup building hardware and software technology for monitoring and managing organic waste recycling. With a passion for...

Peter Devine

Peter Devine

Peter Devine discusses his move to research commercialisation Peter Devine is CEO of Uniseed, Australia’s longest running venture fund which works with researchers, businesses and industry to provide the best pathway to commercialise cutting-edge research. Peter has...

Simon Thomsen

Simon Thomsen

Simon Thomsen saw technology alter the news and publishing landscape Simon Thomsen is editor of Startup Daily and host of the Startup Daily show which airs on the business streaming service AusBiz.com.au. He is also an investor in early stage startups, and was...

Rohit Bhargava

Rohit Bhargava

Rohit Bhargava discusses the benefits of reshaping wholesale investor requirements Rohit Bhargava runs the podcast The Startup Playbook Podcast, where each week he interviews successful entrepreneurs, investors and industry experts. Rohit first entered the startup...

Tim Fung

Tim Fung

Tim Fung explains why Australia is a great market to test startup ideas Tim Fung is founder of Airtasker, a local services marketplace connecting people and businesses who need work done with people wanting to work. He is also co-founder and Director of Tank Stream...

Louise Nobes

Louise Nobes

Louise Nobes: Australian startup ecosystem needs to be brave enough to “think untraditionally” Louise Nobes is the founder and CEO of KIK Innovation, an organisation that aims to end youth unemployment through enterprise. Louise is also the founder of 42 Adelaide, an...

Darren Winterford

Darren Winterford

Darren Winterford believes Australian Entrepreneurs would benefit from more networking Darren Winterford is the founder and CEO of EdApp, a mobile focused LMS (learning management system) which allows its users to create learning experiences that can be accessed on...

Serina Bird

Serina Bird

Serina Bird discusses her inspiration from Taiwan's startup ecosystem Serina Bird is the author of The Joyful Frugalista, a personal finance guide, and runs online courses on money and finance. She also founded The Joyful Business Club which aims to support women...

Moira Were

Moira Were

Moira Were discusses what metrics companies can use to measure "good" Moira Were has been involved in many endeavors in the Australian startup ecosystem throughout her long career, with a focus on projects striving for social good. Moira is the founder of the Hen...

Tim Boyle

Tim Boyle

Tim Boyle sees a bias towards digital technologies in the ecosystem Tim Boyle is Director of Innovation & Commercialisation at ANSTO, Australia’s Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation. Tim is also the director and founder of Nandin Innovation Centre, ANSTO’s...

Bill Tai

Bill Tai

Bill Tai highlights the key similarities and differences between Silicon Valley and Australia Bill Tai is a global venture capitalist who is based in Silicon Valley and spends part of the year in Perth. Bill has been funding startups as a Venture Capitalist since...

Craig Swann

Craig Swann

Craig Swann fears complacency may slow innovation Craig Swann is the Event Director for SouthStart, Australia’s first innovation impact festival which brings together entrepreneurs, technologists, creatives, and founders from around Australia. Craig has a long history...

Kate Jones

Kate Jones

Kate Jones explains why the Tech Council of Australia was founded Kate Jones is the former Minister for Innovation in the Queensland government, and has spent the last 20 years of her life working in politics. Currently she is an executive director with the Tech...

Mick Liubinskas

Mick Liubinskas

Mick Liubinskas: Australia's startup ecosystem would be stronger with a single city leading it Mick Liubinskas is the founder of Climate Salad, an organisation that aims to boost climate tech companies in Australia and New Zealand by providing tools, programs and...

Rohan McDougall

Rohan McDougall

Rohan McDougall highlights the current risks to Western Australia's economy Rohan McDougall is the director of commercialisation at Curtin University, where his team work to identify business opportunities for new products and services that arise research conducted at...

Pete Lead

Pete Lead

Pete Lead: "You have permission to be awesome and complete freedom to fail" Pete Lead is former Head of Programs at tech startup accelerator BlueChilli, the author of the The Startup Guide, a toolkit designed for startup founders, and GM of Learning and Growth at...

Kylie Frazer

Kylie Frazer

Kylie Frazer discusses some common causes co-founders separate Kylie Frazer is co-founder and partner of Flying Fox Ventures, an Australian investment firm with a focus on early stage tech companies. Flying Fox is notable for being a rolling fund, a business model...

Pete Horsley

Pete Horsley

Pete Horsley explains why diversity is so important in the ecosystem Pete Horsley is the founder of Remarkable, a tech accelerator for early stage startups in the disability tech space. Starting his career as a landscape architect, Pete now has more than 10 years’...

Alan Noble

Alan Noble

Alan Noble discusses the contrast between Silicon Valley and Australia in the 2000's Alan Noble is the founder of AusOcean, a not-for-profit organisation with the mission of helping the world’s oceans through technology. Alan also worked for 11 years as the...

Terry Hilsberg

Terry Hilsberg

Terry Hilsberg discusses the earliest days of the startup ecosystem Terry Hilsberg is a co-owner and partner in Fork Ventures, an investment firm that primarily focuses its investments in crypto projects. Terry is also a Venture Partner in InnoHub Capital, a global...

James Tynan

James Tynan

James Tynan shares his unpopular views on startup accelerators James Tynan is Principal at Square Peg, which is currently Australia’s largest independent Venture Capital firm with $1.6 billion under management and offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Singapore and Tel Aviv....

Matt Bullock

Matt Bullock

Matt Bullock discusses the challenges for startups in 1998 and the evolution since Matt Bullock is the CEO and founder of Spinify, a gamification platform that aims to help motivate staff of an organisation through visibility of data. The idea for Spinify had its...

Peter Bradd

Peter Bradd

Peter Bradd discusses the expectation-shattering progress the ecosystem has made Peter Bradd was the founding director and initial CEO of Fishburners, one of Australia’s first coworking spaces which has been home to a community of startups since its founding in 2011....

Anthony Ferrier

Anthony Ferrier

Anthony Ferrier offers his advice to startup founders Anthony Ferrier is an innovation and commercialisation specialist, primarily working within the intersection between startups and corporations. Anthony is the head of Innovation and Commercialisation at Swinburne...

Emily Rich

Emily Rich

Emily Rich explains why taking "smart money" is often a better path Emily Rich is a co-founder and partner at M8 Ventures, a venture fund that focuses on investing in tech startups during their “pre-seed” stage. Emily is also Director of Startups for APAC, where she...

Leslie Delaforce

Leslie Delaforce

Leslie Delaforce highlights the unique challenges facing Indigenous founders Leslie is the Indigenous Entrepreneurship Director at Minderoo Foundation, an Australian not-for-profit organisation seeking effective, scalable solutions to persistent problems. Leslie’s...

Zoe Piper

Zoe Piper

Zoe Piper wants to see more non-traditional career approaches Zoe Piper has been working at the intersection of industry, research and government for two decades, with a diverse and lengthy résumé. She is the founder of Ethitrade, Delmata and Allaran, cofounder of...

Phil Hayes-St Clair

Phil Hayes-St Clair

Phil Hayes-St Clair: "Take care of yourself" Phil Hayes-St Clair is co-founder and CEO of Drop Bio, a digital health company with a mission of accelerating the world’s transition to personalised health by increasing consumers and clinicians’ access to data. Phil is...

Colette Grgic

Colette Grgic

Colette Grgic explains why diversity is crucial Colette Grgic is Head of Startup Ecosystem in Australia and New Zealand at AWS (Amazon Web Service), a role which sees her leading a team that works to enable founders to start and successfully scale startups in...

Zrinka Tokic

Zrinka Tokic

Zrinka Tokic on the emergence of modern cloud tools Zrinka Tokic is the director of ThincLab, the University of Adelaide’s business incubator that has its headquarters in Adelaide but also has locations in Singapore and New Zealand. Zrinka is also director of the...

David Burt

David Burt

David Burt explains why startups are essential to our standard of living David Burt is the Director of Entrepreneurship at UNSW, where his team helps students, academics, staff and alumni turn their ideas into a startup. He also serves as Non-Executive Director for...

Rachael Neumann

Rachael Neumann

Rachael Neumann explores the effects of the pandemic on startups Rachael Neumann is one of the founding partners of Flying Fox Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm backing startups in Australia and New Zealand. Prior to this Rachael has played many roles in...

Pete Cooper

Pete Cooper

Pete Cooper discusses Universities' role in the ecosystem Pete Cooper is a serial founder and mentor who has worked in a wide variety of roles in the technology startup space. He is Director of Cooper & Co, an early stage investment firm, founder of The Start...

Chad Renando

Chad Renando

Chad Renando talks definitions of a strong ecosystem Chad Renando is director of Startup Status, a not-for-profit which aims to help organisations that support entrepreneurs by mapping and measuring the innovation ecosystem across Australia. He is also Managing...

Anna Wright

Anna Wright

Anna Wright: why "fail fast" is the greatest advice Anna Wright is the CEO and co-founder of BindiMaps, a smartphone app that helps anybody find their way around complicated indoor spaces such as shopping centres and hospitals. Their mission is to make every indoor...

Annie Parker

Annie Parker

Annie Parker finds inspiration working with startup founders Annie Parker is a startup investor and advisor with 20+ years of experience in the digital startup, technology and consulting sectors. Currently, Annie is the Executive Director for Tech Central, a community...

Lucinda Hartley

Lucinda Hartley

Lucinda Hartley discusses the barriers she overcame when starting out Lucinda Hartley is an urban strategist and serial entrepreneur. She is the co-founder of Neighbourlytics, a social analytics platform for neighbourhoods that aims to solve the human data gap for the...

Brendan Hill

Brendan Hill

Brendan Hill examines the war on talent in Australia Brendan Hill is an angel investor and startup mentor and advisor. He is Syndicate Lead at Logan and Wayne, a firm that invest in early stage tech startups. Before becoming an investor, Brendan founded and ran an...

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Emily Casey

Emily Casey

Emily Casey discusses the importance of visibility of the startup ecosystem Emily Casey is the founder and director of What The Health, a health media company and community that aims to fuel the next generation of health innovation in Australia. Emily initially...

Alex Scandurra

Alex Scandurra

Alex Scandurra discusses the Australian startup ecosystem's exceptional growth Alex Scandurra is the founding CEO of Stone & Chalk, a not-for-profit organisation which aims to support Australian startups, scaleups, corporations and governments at every stage of...

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Yolanda Redrup

Yolanda Redrup discusses some of the catalysts for the huge growth the startup ecosystem has seen Yolanda Redrup is a senior journalist with The Australian Financial Review, with a focus on technology and healthcare. Yolanda first began covering Australia’s startup...